Senior Practitioner

Location: Leicester  |  Leicestershire  |  England
Sector: Social Care
Consultant: Josh Hitter
Job Reference: 36385
Salary: £20280 - £21320
Job Status: Permanent / Full Time

Seven Social Care is looking for a Senior Practitioner to fill an exclusive opportunity specialising in the wellbeing of children in Leicester.

The role:

As a Senior Practitioner, you will be responsible for acting as a link worker for Foster Carers and looked after children. The role of a Senior practitioner is a key position that brings together the needs of looked after children and young people, the support and management of foster carers, liaison with the placing authority and the administration and delivery of the service.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide a caring, supportive and nurturing environment in which children/young people can feel secure and free from harm. They will maintain a safe environment, complying with Health and Safety and other legal requirements.
  • Take overall responsibility for a young person care needs.
  • Help children and young people to keep their possessions and living areas clean, tidy and safe.
  • Help children and young people to make informed choices.
  • Accompany children and young people on activities and holidays.
  • Implement personal care plans set out for Children and young people.
  • Act as a positive role model to any child within the organisation.
  • Work alongside the homes psychologist to bring into practice a Therapeutic approach in dealing with any child regardless of age.
  • Maintain good communication systems, to assist staff with meetings, take responsibility for informing staff of developments and updates, and distributing messages when required.
  • Ensure that each member of staff is aware of each child’s care plan and their responsibilities for its implementation.
  • Chair children’s meetings and facilitating consultation with young people throughout all their care needs.
  • Understand and implement challenging behaviour management techniques.
  • Contribute, implement, and update care plans, risk assessments, and action plans
  • Participate in reviews and other meetings as required and ensure LAC documentation is up to date and changed when appropriate i.e. after a statutory review.
  • Ensure effective case file management is maintained as set out in agreed plans and follow up review recommendations.
  • Take shared responsibility and accountability for the administration of all medication prescribed for the young people.
  • Work in partnership with all individuals involved in a young person life to help improve their life chances and outcomes.
  • Ensure young people are attending full time education, medical appointments, and any other appointments and meetings as required including therapy sessions.
  • Lead shifts, ensuring appropriate handovers take place, and be responsible for the deployment of staff on duty to ensure that the work required in the home is undertaken.
  • Carry out risk assessments and reviews of conflict resolution and debriefs at the end of each shift.
  • Overseeing and supporting young people manage their finances, as well as monitoring administration and allocation of young people’s finances.
  • Be flexible and adaptable to meet young people’s different needs.
  • Maintain professional knowledge and skills through training, reading, and other activities and be responsible for their own continuing professional development plan.
  • Provide managerial control and direction in relation to staff duties and responsibilities in managing their allocated child’s needs.
  • Contribute to team and staff meetings to facilitate good communication and staff development.
  • Co-operate with the company’s relevant health and safety legislation, policies, and procedures in the performance of the duties of the post.
  • Work with the manager in the induction, mentoring of individual staff, shift preparation, and other managerial duties as requested by the manger.
  • Have awareness of working in a residential children’s home and understanding of policies and procedures, in particular whistle-blowing and safeguarding.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare or equivalent
  • Experience: 1+ year of experience working at senior level with children in care.
  • Compliance: Up to date HCPC registration and DBS.
  • Travel: Clean UK driving license with the ability to commute to and from work independently.
  • Hours: 37.5 hours p/w.

Desirable Skills:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare or equivalent

Working with Seven Social Care:

Established in 2011, Seven Social Care is a leading provider of social care professionals to county councils, charities, hospitals, care homes and private organisations across the UK.

Seven is the recruitment service that guarantees experienced, qualified and available staff exactly when you need them. Our expert talent acquisition team seamlessly connect professionals to all areas of social care; including Children and Adults, Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Community, Support Work and everything in between.

After being shortlisted for multiple awards in 2018, we are proud of our nationwide reputation for providing a world-class recruitment service that is underpinned by honesty, integrity and attention to detail.

Refer a friend, family member or colleague for £250

If you’re not the perfect match for this role, but you know a Social Worker who is, help them find their dream job by referring them to Seven Social Care. As a little ‘thank you’ from us, you will receive £250 for every referral that is successfully placed into a new role.